Question: What is the best exercise for the abdominal region? I am not that much overweight but I have a belly and need to get rid of it.
Heidi: I hear that question on a regular basis. First of all, there is no one exercise, or even a combination of exercises, specifically for the ab region that will solve your problem. Wrong answer? I know! Sorry.
However, I do have some helpful suggestions for you and if you follow them you will have good results.
1) Address your nutrition right away. Begin making healthier food choices by lowering your fat and simple carbohydrate intake. Eat fewer processed foods, more fruits and vegetables (seven to nine servings per day — really!) and most important of all, get your caloric intake under control. That belly didn’t get there by accident. It got there by overeating and under-exercising.
2) Get on an overall resistance training routine that will accelerate your metabolism. This can include some ab exercises. One I highly recommend to start out with is the basic plank move because it’s pretty safe and can be done placing hands or forearms on the floor or by using a Swiss exercise ball.
3) Include regular bouts of cardio activity in your day. Go for a walk two to three times per day. Go to the gym and ride the bike for 20 minutes. Take the stairs whenever possible. Park farther away from the entrance to the store. The plan here is to burn calories all day long.
Question: Can exercise really help my memory? My body works fine but I am starting to get the CRS disease!
Jay: CRS. Let’s see. That means, “can’t remember stuff,” right? Well I have good news. While there is a growing amount of research touting the effects of exercise on the brain, a recent study is particularly encouraging. Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh found that adults ages 55-80 who embarked on a supervised exercise program for an entire year actually increased the size of their brains! The area of the brain that showed most of the changes, the hippocampus, is crucial for memory and spatial navigation (which affects balance). Really cool. Now get out there and exercise!
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